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Carmilla / Millarca / Mircalla, Countess Karnstein from Carmilla (1872) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu.
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Xlavok's avatar
So here's our "Broody Gay Useless Lesbian Vampire" in her original book appearance....
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 By the way, please allow me to compliment you on an excellent likeness of the Countess Karnstein - she does not appear to be in her customary languor, but the features tally perfectly with her description in the original text!
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 Having just read the novella itself* may I please ask if you have any thoughts on when the events depicted there play out? (The precise time period appears to be left somewhat ambiguous, in that the framing narrative mentions that Miss Laura sent her testimony to the late Doctor Hesselius between eight & ten years after they occurred but that the Doctor then kept that account "under his hat" for some years).

 My own Best Guess is that the events play out sometime between 1825-1850, assuming that the Archduke Charles briefly mentioned as Guest of Honour at that fateful masquerade is Charles, Duke of Teschen (the famous soldier) - in which case we can at least deduce that the story plays out sometime before his death in 1847, though it should be noted that the House of Habsburg produced other scions named Charles or Karl - and also that Miss Laura's father and old General Spielsdorf are veterans of the Napoleonic Wars.

 Having said that, this IS an educated guess at best - the most we can reasonably be certain of is that the novel takes place before the serialisation of CARMILLA and the publication of A GLASS DARKLY (1871/1872).
 

 *It's rather good - I'm actually a little surprised that the story hasn't been adapted to suit a wider audience, since there are issues of trust and consent that would make it a good moral fable for All Ages (in a sufficiently careful adaptation), with just the right undertone to keep it as interesting for adults as it is for children.
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She really looks either nervous or disgusted to me, is that intentional in how she's portrayed?
Make no mistake, the picture is beautifully drawn- very beautifully, that is.
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Spearhafoc| General Artist
I was going for sad. 
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To me it looks more like Bella's slightly slackjawed Resting Bitch Face in the Twilight movies.
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radec223's avatar
Nice looking Carmilla
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Beautiful! So I've imagined her reading the novel! :D
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